Natascha Just Ph.D.

Natascha Just

Associate Professor

  • Media & Information


Natascha Just is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information and a Quello Research Fellow. She has an MA in communication science/romance philology and a Ph.D. in communication science from the University of Vienna, Austria. Prior to joining MSU she was senior research and teaching associate in the Media Change & Innovation Division, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ), University of Zurich, Switzerland (2008-2016). She was a Hertha Firnberg Scholar at the Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Austria (2005-2008); the inaugural Fellow of the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum (TTLF) and a visiting researcher at Stanford Law School (2007); a post-doctoral fellow on international communication at the ARNIC, Annenberg School for Communication, USC, Los Angeles (2004-2005); and a research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria (1998-2004).

Research and Teaching

Natascha Just’s current research and teaching interests are related to media economics and policy. They center on the development, controllability and consequences of innovation-induced media change, with a special emphasis on competition policy, market power control, changing governance structures, algorithms on the Internet, Internet platforms, as well as the evolution of Internet use and attitudes. Her research has been published in books and journals such as Journal of Communication; New Media & Society; Information, Communication & Society; Telecommunications Policy; International Journal of Communication; Media, Culture & Society; Communications & Strategies; Knowledge, Technology & Policy; International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics; International Telecommunications Policy Review; and info.

Recent Publications

Just, N./Puppis, M. (2018). Moving Beyond Self-Castigation: Let’s Reinvigorate Communication Policy Research Now! In: Journal of Communication, 68(2), 327–336.

Just, N. (2018). Governing online platforms: Competition policy in times of platformization. In: Telecommunications Policy,

Just, N./Büchi, M./Latzer, M. (2017). A Blind Spot in Public Broadcasters’ Discovery of the Public: How the Public Values Public Service. In: International Journal of Communication, 11, 992–1011.

Saurwein, F./Just, N./Latzer, M. (2017). Algorithmische Selektion im Internet: Risiken und Governance automatisierter Auswahlprozesse (Algorithmic selection on the Internet: Risks and governance of automated selection processes). In: kommunikation @ gesellschaft, 18(3), 1–22.

Büchi, M./Just, N./Latzer, M. (2017). Caring Is Not Enough: The Importance of Internet Skills for Online Privacy Protection. In: Information, Communication & Society, 20(8), 1261–1278. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2016.1229001.

Just, N./Latzer, M. (2016/2017). Governance by Algorithms: Reality Construction by Algorithmic Selection on the Internet. In: Media, Culture & Society, Published online before print April 21, 2016, doi: 10.1177/0163443716643157; 2017: 39(2), 238–258.

Recent Awards

Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for Saurwein, F./Just, N./Latzer, M. (2015). Governance of Algorithms: Options and Limitations. In: Info, 17 (6), 35-49.

Top Faculty Paper Award of the International Communications Association’s CLAP Division, Fukuoka 2016 for Just, N./Latzer, M. (2016). Governance by Algorithms: Reality Construction by Algorithmic Selection on the Internet. In: Media, Culture & Society, doi: 10.1177/0163443716643157.

Best Paper Award of the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research, Conference 2015 for Büchi, M./Just, N./Latzer, M. (2015). Modeling the second-level digital divide: A five-country study of social differences in Internet use. In: New Media & Society, doi: 10.1177/1461444815604154.

Hertha Firnberg Grant, Austrian National Science Fund (2005-2008)

Contact Information

404 Wilson Rd.
Communication Arts and Sciences Building, Rm 442
Michigan State University